Drug Rehab & Drug Education in Ghana
Ghana was the first sub-Saharan nation to achieve independence from Great Britain (1957). Its first post-independence population (1960) was approximately 6.7 Million. The latest census shows that it has grown to a population of about 24 Million. It is a nation of growth. In fact, the organization Economy Watch has listed Ghana as the worlds fastest growing economy in 2011 with an economic growth running at approximately 20.146% for 2011. This is no small accomplishment for a country considering the current state of the general world's economy. Ghana is the second largest producer of cocoa in the world and is home to Lake Volta, the largest artificial lake in the world by volume. As might well be expected, such growth does not come without its problems, including the use and mis-use of drugs.
African nations are, perhaps, at greater risk from the harmful effects of illicit drug use than are most other countries of the world. That increase in risk comes from the fact that the HIV virus is frequently spread by the use of drug paraphernalia and Africa has been particularly hard-hit by the scourge of HIV/AIDS.
Recognizing this fact, Clark Carr, President of Narconon International, made the following statement at the grand opening of the new Narconon center in Accra, Ghana:
"The fight against the HIV/AIDS menace cannot achieve any meaningful results if it does not include anti-drug messages."
Mr. Carr's message was clear. While it is certainly true that it is in the best interests of ALL nations to wage, and win, the war against drug use and abuse, Ghana is at the center of its own, unique universe. A win in the war against drugs, emanating from an area so badly effected by HIV/AIDS, would represent a win of even greater proportion than such a win in other parts of the world.
With this in mind, Narconon, as an organization, considers Ghana to be a linchpin--a cohesive, central element--in the overall fight against drug abuse, as the defeat of drug abuse in a nation like Ghana would have a material effect on the fight against AIDS as well. Narconon Ghana is, therefore, engaged in a major campaign of drug abuse education in addition to its operation as a full service, residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.
Decades of experience have proven, time and again, that they key to success in the fight against drug abuse in any country is that country's children. Win the hearts and the minds of the children and the greatest part of the battle is won. Narconon Ghana places tremendous emphasis on educating Ghanian children to then educate more Ghanian children, down the line, step-by-step. In this way, Ghana will become self-sufficient in winning the war against drugs and, as a major by-product, make great strides in slowing the spread of HIV and AIDS in this nation.
Narconon Ghana: A major weapon in the battle against drugs in a major African nation.